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Deportation targets for Indians, Pakistanis reason for UK Home Minister's resignation?

Deportation targets for Indians, Pakistanis reason for UK Home Minister's resignation?

But, in a sign of the turmoil the issue has caused in Tory ranks, new Home Secretary Sajid Javid distanced himself from the idea of making the United Kingdom a "hostile environment" for illegal migrants.

Dealing with the Windrush scandal, as well as the underlying problems around immigration, will be top of Javid's to-do list.

Rudd has only followed her predecessor and the current Prime Minister May's policy of creating a "hostile environment for illegal immigrants". Known as the Windrush generation, named after the first of many carriers or human cargo to arrive, they were welcomed with open arms to help the country rebuild after World War II.

The letter she wrote to Prime Minister Theresa May in January past year, which was published in the Guardian on Sunday, mentioned her forthcoming visit to Pakistan to finalise an agreement on biometric returns which would make it easier to deport illegal immigrants to that country.

Labour MP David Lammy, a vocal critic of the United Kingdom government's treatment of the Windrush generation, tweeted a reference to The Wire's legendary character, Omar, in response to the resignation of British Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

She said the new home secretary cannot be used as a "human shield" for Theresa May.

In an interview with Sky News he said: "My first priority is to make sure the Home Office does all it can to keep British people safe".

Rudd became the fourth person forced to resign from the UK Cabinet in the last six months - following former defence minister Sir Michael Fallon, former worldwide development minister Priti Patel and May's deputy Damian Green.




Explaining the thinking behind Javid's appointment, May's spokesman said he was "one of the most experienced ministers" in Cabinet who had "proved his drive, his ambition and his determination to get to grips with hard subjects".

As well as the row over targets on migrant removals, Ms Rudd had also been battling intense criticism over the Windrush scandal, which has seen people from a Caribbean background denied access to benefits and healthcare or threatened with deportation despite decades of residence in the UK.

However, many never formalised their status, often because they were children who came over on their parents' passports and then never applied for their own.

She is the fifth departure from Prime Minister Theresa May's Cabinet.

On Sunday, in an interview with the UK's Sunday Telegraph, Javid said his family could have been caught up in the Windrush saga.

Rudd's decision to quit came just hours after it emerged she had told Theresa May she had "ambitious but deliverable" targets for removing illegal immigrants.

Both he and Mrs Bradley worked with Theresa May while she was Home Secretary. At its heart this crisis is about a system that was allowed to dehumanise and victimise Windrush British citizens.

James Brokenshire, the former Northern Ireland secretary who stood down in January due to health reasons to have a tumour removed from his lung, has been moved into Javid's old job as Housing, Communities and Local Government secretary. On Rudd's resignation, Conservative MP Paul Scully told AFP: "Anything that happens here that's negative affects local elections - good things, less so!"

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